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UW School of Medicine and Public Health student to receive Houghton Award

Release Date: April 1, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Wieman - 608.442.3765 jennifer.wieman@wismed.org

MADISON (April 1, 2016)—Caitlin Regner, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), will receive the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2016 Houghton Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting April 2-3 in Madison.

Regner has excelled academically—being selected for the local chapter of the national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. She also has held leadership positions for MEDiC, a student-run program at UWSMPH, served as the Medical Student Association class representative and participated in research leading to publications and presentations.

In their joint letter of nomination, Associate Dean of Students Gwen McIntosh and Director of Student Services Christopher Stillwell said Caitlin was the ideal choice for this award.
“She possesses all the necessary attributes of an outstanding, complete physician… Wherever she goes, we hope that one day Dr. Regner will return as a colleague,” they wrote.

Regner, who graduated from Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wisconsin, will be staying in the state to complete her residency training in family medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.

The Houghton Award was established by Drs. John H. and William J. Houghton in the 1960s to honor medical students who show promise for becoming what the brothers referred to as “complete physicians”—those who excel in their knowledge of both the scientific and socioeconomic issues related to medicine. Each year, one recipient at each of Wisconsin’s two medical schools receives the award and a check for $1,000.

John H. Houghton, MD, who was a general practitioner in Wisconsin Dells, was president of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin (now called the Wisconsin Medical Society) from 1965 to 1966. William J. Houghton, MD, also active in the Society, was a general surgeon in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, chartered in 1955 as a charitable organization, works to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting medical and health education and statewide public health initiatives.

With nearly 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.